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WHIT Power 102 FM - Elephant Larry

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This is undoubtedly the best radio-themed humor I've ever seen. God Bless Elephant Larry.

Podcast: Comedy-Copia

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 9: Smash the State

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe affect piss-poor French accents and ask an antique dealer if they can smash his goods.

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Paul Reubens Rocks the Gong Show

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Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman) appeared several times on The Gong Show, including this bizarre little act. I honestly have no idea what this is.

Also: not to be missed is this performance by Oingo Boingo, then known as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo.

Swedish Cuisine with Stefan Lawrence

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Child: Mommy, where do sweet new logos come from?
Parent: From Stefan Lawrence, graphic designer and member of the sketch comedy group Elephant Larry, of course!

RIP to Charles Nelson Reilly

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A real showbiz legend. Above, he takes over the Match Game from Gene Rayburn.

(Thanks Patton!)

Upstaged

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TSOYA listener and Project Breakout finalist Kent Haines made his name with a series of college TV shows called "Elected," which he created with writing partner Matt Vascellaro. Their new project together is a series about college theater called "Upstaged." Check out the first episode above, and click here for more. And if you're a TV producer, give them a million dollars -- seriously, these guys just graduated from college this month.

Bob Odenkirk as Abraham Lincoln

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Here's Bob Odenkirk performing as "Abraham Lincoln" on the early 90s Comedy Central series The A List. Delightful.

Podcast: Joketacular

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This week's Sound of Young America broadcast is a delightful ride through the world of comedic entertainment. A Joketacular, if you will.

My guest is Brian Posehn. Brian is a standup comedian who's appeared on almost every sitcom ever made as "that guy." He was also a writer and actor on HBO's Mr. Show.

I talk with Brian about his chidhood as a self-described "misfit." He describes being called in to the counselor's office, so the powers that be could check on "Brian the ticking timebomb." He also describes his early 20s, when he drunklenly leapt from a lifeguard tower and was paralyzed from the waist down. Brian also talks with us about the writer's room at Mr. Show, and his feelings about being recognized on the street. The version of the interview contained here is somewhat shortened, the full, unedited version is available here.

We also hear comedy from all over the world (OK, it's all from the US, except for one song from New Zealand, but still).

Songs:
"Pi" by Hard N Phirm
"First of May" by Jonathan Coulton
"Jenny" by Flight of the Conchords

Sketch:
"Extreme Food" from Meat (performing at Sketchfest NYC in June)

and Standup:
Todd Barry from "Invite Them Up"

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Sketchfest Seattle Tuesday Night

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One of my personal favorite sketch groups in the country, The Cody Rivers Show, is performing a fundraiser for Sketchfest Seattle tommorow night (Tuesday). Sketchfest Seattle is the oldest sketch comedy festival in the country, and they're really great folks who run a great festival, which we were proud to sponsor last year.

The Cody Rivers Show are a two-man group who perform a wild combination of sketch, dance, mime, theater, and other crap that is way better than that description sounds. Maybe the most fun thing you can see on the sketch comedy circuit.

THE SKINNY
Tuesday, May 22
Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Theatre Off Jackson at 409 7th Ave. S
Levels of Admission - Giggler at $20, Chuckler at $30 (comes with 10 raffle
tickets), or LOL at $100 (comes with 10 raffle tickets, reserved seats,
recognition in festival program)
Advanced tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com
More info at www.sketchfest.org

A portion of fundraiser proceeds will go to our partner organization,
Gilda's Club Seattle. Named after beloved sketch comedienne Gilda Radner,
Gilda's Club provides support to those affected by cancer as a supplement to
medical care.

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